Laurence Le Du-Blayo

I spent my childhood in Brittany, in the wooded valleys of the Argoat (the land of woods) and the rocky expanses of the Armor (the coastline), but I also travelled extensively around Europe on family holidays. These experiences made me sensitive to landscapes and curious to know and understand the diversity of territories. Geography was already part of my everyday life.

I obtained a Master’s in Geography  1988, then in 1991 the Agrégation competitive examination in Geography. I then began a thesis at the University of Rennes, at the same time starting teaching at degree level. My PhD, confirmed in 1995, focused on remote sensing landscape mapping, the analysis of visible landscapes and their perception, and interplay with landscape planning policies. In 1996, I was recruited as a teacher-researcher at the University of Rennes 2, where I teach physical geography, public policies associated with nature (history of parks and gardens, nature and urban planning) and the landscape theme in all its aspects (epistemology, theory and methods, public policies).

My research is carried out in the Mixed Research Unit of the CNRS 6590, Space and Societies (ESO). This unit offers a multidisciplinary environment which is particularly enriching for the approach to landscapes (landscapes and wellbeing, sound landscapes, participative approaches to the landscape…). The research programmes I have led have centred on the following themes: landscape mapping at various scales, ‘bocage’ and lanes, landscape and teaching, landscape and public policies. I am presently involved in steering research programmes on photographic landscape monitoring units, and am contributing to two other programmes, one on restoring water courses to their natural state (ANR Programme) and the other on participative approaches in landscape policies (Landscape and Sustainable Development Programme). For more details on publications:

My first contacts with the Landscape Research Group date from 1993, but I joined the executive committee in 2012. The European dimension seems to me to be a high-priority issue, both in structuring landscape research and in the development of public policies, in association with the European Landscape Convention.

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